The Loss of Joe Sample but Legacy of Great Music

The Loss of Joe Sample but Legacy of Great Music
This morning I read that legendary jazz pianist Joe Sample had died. Before people made smooth jazz a genre, Joe was playing it, he was a founding member of the genre bending jazz group The Crusaders. You probably know their biggest hit an R&B tinged jazz song from 1979 called “Street Life” with vocals by... Read more »

Learning is Enhanced Curiosity

Learning is Enhanced Curiosity
I had a great environment to grow up in a home, for me my learning was simply enhanced curiosity and my parents let me ask questions and always encouraged me to expand my knowledge. My mother is retired  Chicago Public School (CPS) teacher and my late father was a Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) diesel bus... Read more »

Why I Can't Forget September 11, 2001

Why I Can't Forget September 11, 2001
The early morning of Tuesday September 11, 2001 was like any other back then, I was at my desk at United Airlines (UA) in the refunds/ticketing (WHQAK), department. I had a stack of unused tickets to process refunds, some letters and faxes to read to check on some customer and travel agency inquiries. And then... Read more »
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In Honor Of Labor Day, My Time at Radio Shack

In Honor Of Labor Day, My Time at Radio Shack
Seventeen years ago this month (at the beginning of my junior year at DePaul University), I started at a part time in my native West Pullman at the local Radio Shack. I can say it was the first job my late father was excited about me having, my late uncle too, I grew up going... Read more »

Is It Too Soon For Tony Stewart To Race Again?

Is It Too Soon For Tony Stewart To Race Again?
Thursday afternoon NASCAR announced that Tony Stewart would be back behind the wheel of his # 14 Bass Pro Chevrolet in this weekend’s Atlanta Sprint Cup race on Sunday night. Tony has been out of the car the last three races (Watkins Glen, Michigan & Bristol), following the death of Kevin Ward Jr. on a... Read more »

Jackie Robinson West Little League US Champs & South Side Heroes

Jackie Robinson West Little League US Champs & South Side Heroes
So after ten days, six games and two losses the last coming today at the hands of the Little League World Series Champions from  South Korea, Jackie Robinson West’s post season is over. But I don’t think any of us (especially from the south side), will forget any of this anytime soon. This final game... Read more »
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Jackie Robinson West Wins Game 4 With Defense & Pitching

Jackie Robinson West Wins Game 4 With Defense & Pitching
Once again Jackie Robinson West had a solid victory, today it was a 6-1 victory over the Pearland, Texas team which previously made to the Little League World Series in 2010. But they were short handed in pitching with five pitchers not available due to high pitch counts over their last three games. That’s something... Read more »

Jackie Robinson West Wins Game Three The Right Way

Jackie Robinson West Wins Game Three The Right Way
So once again Jackie Robinson West came through with a big win but this will wasn’t just on power hitting and being aggressive. This was on timely hitting, strategic defense and top quality pitching. So they play again tomorrow at 6:30 vs the Pearland Texas team on ESPN. But more than anything this game was... Read more »

Jackie Robinson West Loses Game Two But Plays Again Tomorrow

Jackie Robinson West Loses Game Two But Plays Again Tomorrow
So today Jackie Robinson West played a team better than they were, just that simple. Today they got to be on the losing end of a “mercy rule” game losing 13-2 in four innings. But they live to see another day, its a double elimination tournament, so it takes two losses to be sent home,... Read more »
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Jackie Robinson West Wins Game One Of The Little League World Series

Jackie Robinson West Wins Game One Of The Little League World Series
So this afternoon the baseball boys from Morgan Park came out swinging, literally with a first inning home run and the hits kept coming leading to a slaughter rule shortened (10 run lead through 5 innings), game. The final score was 12-2 over Lynwood Washington. Also today Dicks Sporting Goods on 11th & Canal got... Read more »
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